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Mazda Protege Maintenance and Repair



  • arabamarabam Posts: 11
    I replaced the cracked Air Box and reset the CEL -it came back on again in 30 miles. Seems like the problem is indeed a vacuum leak!

    I got two quotes for repair and both are $500+ ??
    Is it really that expensive to replace the intake gasket? I hope this is really the source of my CEL (error 0171) problem -

    I am planning on getting a quote from a local mechanic also! Would be interest to hear from someone who had a similar issue/repair in the past.
  • kira08kira08 Posts: 6
    Hey Guys,

    Got a Mazdaspeed recently ... check engine light was on ..... when got the error code P0172 ... it saying a rich code ..... and after a day ..... it read a code for misfire .... don't know whats happening .... the mechanic suggested to replace the bad plastic compartments .... and sadly ... some exhaust which supposed to be connected was cut ..... it has a lot of changes done ... like aftermarket exhaust ... and the staibilzer or something replaced .... my mechanic doesn't feel its a good car ..... He is a very nice guy .... knows what he is doing ... trust him .... just wanna leave a warning to ppl to take a thorough check before buying this car ...

    don't know whats gonna happen with my car .... if anyone has any workshop manual for 03mazdaspeed plz ..... send it to me or ... guide me there ...
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Got a Mazdaspeed recently ... my mechanic doesn't feel its a good car ...just wanna leave a warning to ppl to take a thorough check before buying this car

    Agreed, you should always get a used car checked before you buy it. I don't think the Mazdaspeed is any different. It sounds like you may not have done the check before but only after the problems started showing up. I wonder what it would cost for you to "restore" the car back to its original state.

    In any case, good luck to you.
  • downtubedowntube Posts: 43
    Sounds like the car was modified by the previous owner, but I wouldn't assume that means it's bad. Try to find a mechanic experienced with modified cars. There are also several online mazda communities specializing in modifications that may be able to help.
  • alalimealalime Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 mazda protege with 62,000 miles on it. I bought it used about a year ago. Recently, while driving on the highway, there was a shudder that felt like the car had been rear ended, the engine accelerated for about a second, and then the car drove fine. The CEL did not come on. Any ideas?
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I have a friend that bought one used for a very good price. the first thing he did was replace the CAI with a factory air box along with other parts that had been swapped out. with a few hundred bucks, the car was back to semi-stock and running well.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    shudder that felt like the car had been rear ended, the engine accelerated for about a second, and then the car drove fine

    My 2002 Protege5 has done that occasionally in the last 5 years. It feels like the transmission kicked into gear. It does not seem to have led to any problems in my case.
  • pbrwolf2pbrwolf2 Posts: 2
    I had the reverse problem with my last 2 proteges. After about 60,000 miles they would shudder at every stop light, the RPMs would drop for a second and then everything would normalize until the next stoplight. I always thought it was a "Mazda-thing".
  • kira08kira08 Posts: 6
    thanks for your reply. what is CAI? I have more problems now .... after I took it the Mazda dealer... like the turbo is not kicking in .... and the check engine light is flashing .... and a cylinder misfire detected .... this thing is not letting me Relax ..... first thing need to replace are .... vacuum hose, trubo vacuum hose and Air box .... do u have any idea where I can get these ... since the dealer quote is really expensive .....
  • kira08kira08 Posts: 6
    thats true .... should have checked before buying ... trusted the dealer ....
    Its taking a lot of my time and effort ... been running around back and forth . with mechanic shops ... and dealers ....
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    keep us posted and all the best!
  • anogananogan Posts: 1
    I am having a problem with my ac. It started with it working on and off when it was on setting 2 but the other ones were fine. Now it only works on 1 and 4. Also there is a buzzing noise comming out of the vents and it gets worse from 1 to 4. Thanks in advance for the help.
  • kellibeankellibean Posts: 2
    thats the problem i am having. i bought my 03 protege in july 2005 with 59000 miles on it. that bucking thing it does catches me off guard. its only done it 3 times since ive had it. the first time was a few months after i bought it, then sometime last year, and last time it was a few days ago. luckily no problems have come of it. my parents seem to think its the transmission, and in some other sites ive gone to mazdas seem to be notorious for transmission failure, i hope this is not the case.
  • kellibeankellibean Posts: 2
    thats wierd. my ac will only work on 1,3 and 4. everytime i put it on 2, the ac light flashes off and on then staqys off and the air gets warmer. any help for that?
  • Hey all. It's me - davidingilbert again.
    Just a quick update - no "CEL" since my last visit to the dealership for the issue - I believe in February. I am also glad my experience helped everyone here with the same or similar issue.

    I am in need of everyone's help again.
    By now, my wife's Protege has about 72,000 miles on. I mainly use it now because I drive approximately 60 miles a day between home and work.

    When driving on the freeway between 60 and 70 MPH and the tachometer is around 3,000 RPM, I get this high-pitched whining sound. The closest sound I can think of when the dentist is filing your teeth, but a little higher than that sound. It never last very long - 2 to 4 seconds at most. At first I thought it was the tires making contact in a strange way with the cement. But, now I believe it is something behind the radio or A/C controls. But, it appears to be happening more and more. Plus, my wife has heard it - so I know it is not only me! :D

    Anyone else have a similar issue? If so, any idea as to what it could be?

    Please advise.
    Have a good July 4th folks!
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I recall a few of those cars having air leaks around the windsheild. try having a buddy push on the windshield (from the passenger seat) while you are driving. If the noise changes, have the windshield re-sealed.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    between 60 and 70 MPH ... I get this high-pitched whining sound. ... 2 to 4 seconds at most.

    Interesting. I'd check around and under the car for loose bits. You may want to isolate the sound by driving on a quiet stretch of road.
  • lnstar44lnstar44 Posts: 1
    anyone know first where the sparkplugs on a 01 protege es are located and any special tools i would need to change
  • I have the same question "The first is it okay to drive the car with the overdrive always on or at lower speeds in town should i turn it off?".
    Anybody can help us? Thanks a lot!
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637
    I would turn it off for both longevity of the overdrive and for better performance in traffic.
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